Summer is right around the corner, and it’s time to explore the world! Summer is the perfect time to take a break from school or work at REI Blackbook and take a vacation. Whether you’re heading to your local beach, taking a long distance road trip, or hitting up some of your favorite spots in a nearby town, it’s crucial to stay mindful of the environment even while on vacation. Traveling responsibly allows us to keep having amazing experiences while mitigating our environmental impact — and it can also be surprisingly easy! In this blog post, we’ll provide actionable tips for an eco-friendly summer vacation that won’t sacrifice any fun. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Consider public transportation
While taking public transportation on a trip might not be ideal, taking public transportation when you travel is one of the most sustainable ways to get around. Instead of renting a car, look into bus and train options. Trains are often more affordable than planes and offer stunning views of the countryside; buses may require a bit more legwork but you’re likely to be surprised by the convenience and affordability.
2. Pack lightly
If you’re flying, try to bring as few bags as possible. You’ll save money on baggage fees and you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint by carrying less weight in the plane. Opt for reusable items and collapsible containers if you can; these will allow you to save space and bring fewer single-use products.
3. Take advantage of local amenities
Once you arrive at your destination, take time to get familiar with the area and its resources. Try to stay as close as possible to stores and restaurants — this will limit your need for transportation and help you avoid single-use products. If available, consider renting bikes to get around.
4. Reduce energy consumption
Many hotels and resorts are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing amenities. Ask your hotel if they offer any energy-saving options, such as motion sensor lights or timers on air conditioning units. You can also unplug any electronics when you’re not using them or look for hotels with solar panels.
5. Leave no trace
When spending time outdoors, make sure to leave the area as pristine as you found it. Take your trash with you and be mindful of any equipment or gear that you bring in.